Three cops fined for Covid party and 'reminded to set an example to others'

Three police officers have been given a telling off by their colleagues for holding an indoor party before indoor gatherings were allowed.

They were among six people given fines in Lerwick, Shetland, on Friday night.

As well as the fixed penalty notices, they were given a ticking off and ‘reminded of their rsponsibility to set an example to others’.

Rules were only relaxed on the island on Monday this week to allow people to meet inside.

Superintendent Maggie Pettigrew said: ‘The vast majority of people in Shetland have been sticking to the rules to suppress the spread of coronavirus and I would like to thank our community for this.

‘It is extremely disappointing that a small number of police officers were involved in a gathering in breach of the regulations on Friday.

‘Their actions undermine the sacrifices you have all made in the last year and I appreciate many of you will be upset about this incident.

‘They have been given fixed-penalty notices and reminded of their responsibility to set an example to others.’

A police spokeswoman said: ‘Officers were called to a report of a gathering in breach of coronavirus regulations within a property in Russell Crescent, Lerwick, at around 6.15pm on Friday May 14.

‘Six people have been issued with fixed-penalty notices and the gathering was dispersed.’

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